Robotics and Mechatronics with Foundation Entry BEng (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information


Our BEng (Hons) Robotics & Mechatronics with Foundation Entry course is designed for students who want to study Engineering and specialise in Robotics and Mechatronics, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

Industry experts suggest that the surge in innovation is just beginning and the robotics industry will be one of the fastest-growing areas of engineering within the next decade.

Our Robotics & Mechatronic BEng (Hons) degree combines these two subjects to equip you with a high level qualification suited to the needs of employers in the North West.

Mechatronics and robotic systems is one of the newer branches of engineering applicable to every sector of society. It involves technologies in Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering and Computing.

At University Centre at Blackburn College we have a strong history of training tomorrow's engineering professionals. We have strong links with industry in the North West and industry experts frequently contribute to the programme in the form of visiting lecturers or subject specific tutors.

What will I study?

In the first year of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of Engineering. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will gain a firm grounding in the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.

During the second stage of the course you will study a common set of modules along with other students studying Engineering honours programmes. As the module titles suggest the first year will give you a broad introduction to the areas of Engineering as well as various mathematic disciplines. This broad approach will introduce you to the diverse careers that Mechanical Engineers enjoy and you will start to develop an appreciation of where your own interests lie.

There are no optional modules in the BEng (Hons) Robotics and Mechatronics programme. The course has been designed to give you a full and thorough understanding of the subject as a whole. However, in the final stage of the course you will undertake an Advanced Project will enable you to specialise further in a particular area of interest within the field of Mechatronics and Robotics.

Modules include:

First year modules include:

  • Preparing for Higher Education
  • Foundation in Mathematics
  • Foundation Science for Engineering & Construction


You will then move on to study:

  • Introduction to Algebra, Graphs and Complex Numbers
  • Introduction to Calculus
  • Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals
  • Mechanical Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Materials
  • Fields and Potentials
  • Matrix Analysis and Further Complex Numbers
  • Further Calculus and Solutions to Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Engineering and Environmental Sustainability
  • Introduction to Computer Aided Engineering
  • Introduction to Robotic Automation
  • Introduction to Engineering Simulation

In the third year of the programme, if studying full-time, you will study:

  • Programming for Engineers
  • Mechanical Dynamics
  • Electro-Pneumatic Machine Control
  • Digital Electronics
  • Introduction to Power Electronics
  • Robotic Systems
  • Group Project
  • Engineering Mathematics

In the fourth year of the programme, if studying full-time, you will study:

  • Professional Issues
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Advanced Project
  • Materials and Applications
  • Electronic Circuit Applications
  • Robots and Intelligent Machines in Industry
  • VLSI Design

Download the Programme Specification for BEng (Hons) Robotics & Mechatronics. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the foundation year with A-level (or other level 3 qualifications) gained within 5 years of entry will required to have either a minimum 80 UCAS points from subjects related to their intended target award or a minimum of 120 UCAS points overall. Students meeting this criterion may be admitted without interview.

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications for these courses or from mature students whose Level 3 qualifications were gained more than 5 years ago. If this applies to you will be interviewed before your course and offered a place on the basis of your previously gained skills and experience.

You will not be required to have GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) at level 2 in English. However, all applicants will be required to have GCSE Mathematics grade C or higher, a qualification directly equivalent to GCSE Mathematics grade C in terms of level and scope, or to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skill in an assessment undertaken as part of the application process.

Overseas applicants will be admitted according to the above criteria using the UK equivalences of their formal qualification as specified by NARIC. Overseas students will be required to have certified English Language proficiency at IELTS level 5.5, Cambridge English: Advanced, or TOEFL 500. Alternatively, an overall pass in the UETESOL (University Entrance Test in English for Speakers of Other Languages) examination would be accepted.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 32 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit:

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

In your first year your assessment is designed to give you a flavour of how you will be assessed in the later stages of the programme.

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building as well as a studio/workshop assessment.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

There is increasing demand for graduates who can work in an interdisciplinary engineering environment. Graduates from this degree programme will have the interdisciplinary approach necessary to integrate electronics, control, software and mechanical engineering. In addition, you will acquire skills that are transferable to service industries and other areas of the business community. Graduates of the programme have joined high profile graduate management schemes in a range of industries. Postgraduate study is also encouraged.

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“The course is approved by Lancaster University who are in the Top 10 of Universities in the UK but I live in Blackburn and haven’t had to move away. Plus, it’s cheaper than going to Lancaster to gain my degree. I’ve had a fantastic time during my course and have even built a wind tunnel. I never thought I would be even able to enter the degree, let alone start and be successful at it. The work I am doing is already helping in my current role and I’m looking forward to moving on to higher paid positions.”

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